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15th May 2012

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Legendary rock band Rush have announced details of a UK Arena tour in May 2013. Full dates are below.

These are the first UK dates since the band brought their three-and-a-half hour 'Time Machine' Tour in May 2011 – the tour was met to widespread critical acclaim and included a sold out date at London's O2 Arena.

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This follows the band unveiling details of its highly anticipated new album, 'Clockwork Angels'. This is the renowned trio's first new collection of original material in over five years and their first studio release via Anthem/Roadrunner Records. 'Clockwork Angels', the band's 20th studio album, will be released in the UK on June 11th.

In the UK, the album will be released on June 11th in exclusive Classic Rock Fan Pack form – providing a unique collectible package containing the 12 track studio album alongside a specially created magazine with unseen behind-the-scenes content put together by Classic Rock. The Fan Pack cover will also feature brand new exclusive artwork from Rush's longtime collaborator Hugh Syme (who also designed the Clockwork Angels artwork).

The Fan Pack format will also come with free gifts including a limited edition 'Clockwork Angels' keyring and artwork poster and will be available to buy via more than 2000 retail outlets on newsstands nationally as well as the traditional high street and online music retailer. The Fan Pack is available for pre-order now at, where all early bird orders will receive a personalised Rush poster.

Roadrunner Records will simultaneously release the record digitally. The standard physical release of the Rush album will follow through Roadrunner Records on July 9th 2012.

The recording of 'Clockwork Angels' began in April 2010 with Grammy Award winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones) – who also collaborated with the band on their last studio album, 2007s 'Snakes And Arrows'. Rush co-produced both records.

The first two songs, 'Caravan' and 'BU2B' were completed during that first session at Nashville's Blackbird studios and performed nightly during the wildly successful 'Time Machine' Tour, which ran from June 2010 to June 2011. Work on 'Clockwork Angels' resumed in the fall of 2011 at Revolution Recording in Toronto after the tour's finale, with additional strings (arranged by David Campbell) recorded at Hollywood's Ocean Way Studios earlier this year.

Lyrically, 'Clockwork Angels' chronicles a young man's quest across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy as he attempts to follow his dreams. The story features lost cities, pirates, anarchists, an exotic carnival, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life. The novelization of 'Clockwork Angels' is being written by science fiction writer Kevin J Anderson in collaboration with Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart.

Rush heralded the release of 'Clockwork Angels' with a new single 'Headlong Flight'. Landing at rock radio in mid April the song is already # 1 at Classic Rock in the USA and A-Listed at the UK's Planet Rock radio. Details of a full-scale North American tour to support the new album have also been announced – the tour runs throughout September, October, November and December 2012.

'Clockwork Angels' Tracklisting:

1. Caravan
2. BU2B
3. Clockwork Angels
4. The Anarchist
5. Carnies
6. Halo Effect
7. Seven Cities Of Gold
8. The Wreckers
9. Headlong Flight
10. BU2B2
11. Wish Them Well
12. The Garden

2013 UK Tour

Wed May 22nd Manchester Arena
Fri May 24th London, O2 Arena
Sun May 26th Birmingham, LG Arena
Tues May 28th Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena
Thurs May 30th Glasgow, SECC


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